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Old 10th September 2009, 13:33   #16
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Ah! You guys thought I am just a slow driver, huh? I also stopped for many many photographs you see. No point just zipping by such views.
he he.. exactly! When i saw your message saying "i will come in my own pace, you guys dont wait for me"

And you know what, we thought of coming down through bisle ghat and will escort you. but we deviated as others wanted to take them to the falls.

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Old 10th September 2009, 14:00   #17
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And you know what, we thought of coming down through bisle ghat and will escort you. but we deviated as others wanted to take them to the falls.
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Excellent photos and description there Samurai . You really have a lot of patience to do this. Waiting for the 2nd part .
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Old 10th September 2009, 15:00   #19
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Don't think it is the wide angle issue. The Jeep wheels can look like that in real. The steering is turned right and rear left wheel must be in a ditch.
Sharat-San,

The 10th pic from Top, defenitely wide angle effect. The entire left of the Jeep is "BIG", headlight-to-indicator-to-wheel.
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Actually my CJ340 does have slight tilt to the right side. That is why I rarely shoot it up front. If you closely notice the photos in my BHP garage, you can notice it.
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Hi Samurai,
May i know what is that black box fitted onto the front grill?
Something to do with the GPS/Electric winch?
Please enlighten.
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Old 10th September 2009, 16:47   #22
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Jeeva, that black box is the solenoid box, part of the electric winch.
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Old 11th September 2009, 01:59   #23
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Next day morning my cousin and I left home at around 7AM. First stop at the local bakery, past OTR experiences have taught me to be fully self-sufficient about food. The second stop was for the fuel. My cousin who is a local Bank Manager was quite excited to attend his very first OTR. He had seen some bits and pieces of offroading in his brotherís Gurkha, the same one I test drove 2 years back. But today was going to be a fully fledged experience.
After an hour of drive, we reach Chandanís estate and meet up with the guys. And breakfast was being served. After having some delicious food, we were ready to take off.

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The sky being very very overcast, it was hard to illuminate faces in the photos without using flash. Since I am very clueless about flash photography, I stuck to ambient light photography. Click on the image for the high resolution image.

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Well, we were still 1.5 hours away from real offroading. Many vehicles were low on fuel, so we all left for Sakleshpur town for fuelling up. After an hour of playing catch up with each other, we finally met with our offroad guide Mr.Vikram Gowda. After a brief drive we had a coffee break at Mr.Loboís home and then finally took off for real offroading.

I remember catching a brief exchange between Mr.Lobo and Mr.Gowda before we left. Mr.Lobo was asking what kind of offroad vehicles are present. And Mr.Gowda replied that all vehicles are the small kind (Jeep & Gypsy) that can go anywhere and even have two winches, not much chance of getting stuck. Basically a self-sufficient group that wonít need any external help for recovery. When I thought about it, it was very much true. We were armed to the teeth in recovery gear and everybody was experienced and knew their machine well enough.

As we started driving I realised one drawback of being in small experienced group. If nobody gets stuck, there will be hardly any time for photography. Also, I was mostly in the rear part of the convoy, so I got very little opportunity to capture the action of others. Since it was raining most of the time during our drive, it was not really possible to get out and shoot whenever we wanted. Therefore, this was mostly an offroad driving event than photo-op event. I am not saying I didnít enjoy it, in fact I immensely enjoyed it. However, I am also feeling bad that I canít retain any of that action except in memory.

Views on the way.

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Top view of an old farmhouse.

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Our first water crossing, everyone crossed without a hitch I think. This is Sreerajís MM550 XDB.

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As we went up the incline to the top, I noticed that Sreeraj and Shakir didnít follow us. After a long wait, Viji drove down his winch equipped Jeep to check out. Sreeraj had a problem, his starter got damaged by water and he couldnít start the engine. The Jeep had to be push or pull started. After that Viji reversed his Jeep all the way back to the top. After that Sreeraj never switched off his Jeep most of the day.

While we were waiting, Spider was preening in the rare occurrence of sunlight.

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Soon we reached a ridge on the mountain which reminded of the similar ridge at Munnar.

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This is what MJothi was doing the whole day.

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An upclose look at the rear.

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Little later we ran into a small outhouse which had this beauty parked in front of it. A 1994 model 3L LR.

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Next we were supposed to get down the small hill and drive through water + slush challenge. Since I have no photograph or video from the event, let me conveniently use the video from the previous event covering the exact same spot. I guess the water and slush level was probably same.

This was Prithviraj in the August event:

It starts off with a water crossing, followed by a long slushy trail and then a serious slushy ditch at the end before climbing back to hard ground.

Even before I got to see the water crossing, we got stranded. As I walked forward to check, I found Vijiís Jeep stuck deep to the right edge quite far from the center. The driver claimed that the Jeep slid down to the right side. It sounded fishy to every offroader there. I mean we could all make out some serious driver error. Then I looked down and saw it was not driven by Viji, instead it was the MG410 Gypsy driver!!! Clearly it was a conspiracy to blacken the offroad reputation of Jeeps. Obviously nobody was willing to listen to the various explanations he had for sticking the Jeep to the side. Anyway, since the Jeep had winch, it pulled itself out of the misery that only a Gypsy driver could put it through. And I stood there, while the camera was in my Jeep.

As all the vehicles in the front cleared, I cleared the water challenge with a yawn and continued. For the remaining part, I watched how Shahnawaz was moving in front of me. Judging his speed, I chose to use 2nd low for the remaining stretch. Although I had seen Prithviís video before about the same stretch, I had no idea it was the same stretch where everybody was ripping at full speed. In my momentary stupidity I chose to follow the footstep of Spidey. It went well enough until the final slushy ditch and then, I got stuck with one wheel in axle spinning away to glory in loose watery muddy soup. I had to move backwards and forwards many times before I gathered enough momentum to escape from the clutches of that ditch. Only after I parked and looked back at the stretch, I realised it was the same stretch from Prithviís video. I have no photograph or video from this part.

This is after we got out from the slushy stretch, the Jeep even picked up a branch from somewhere. No more following Spidey.

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My cousin wants a photo with Spidey.

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And finally we get on top of the first hill for the day after climbing through this maze.

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As we reached the top, it started raining again.

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But people wanted group photos nevertheless. These shots were taken while standing on Spidey, one hand holding the umbrella and another holding the heavy Olympus E3 dSLR. The camera is waterproof, but I couldnít have rain drops falling on the lens while shooting. There is lot of noise in the image since I recovered lot of shadow areas from the raw file. This was a very crazy situation to try different exposures.

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And there were other hills nearby, taller hills.

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Little later the above mountain gets totally hidden in the cloud.

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Finally the rains give us some break and we are able to eat our delicious packed lunch in peace.

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Shakirís pride and joy.

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Vijiís snorkeled MM550

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As we are eating, we see this magical view created by fog.

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To be continuedÖ
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Old 11th September 2009, 07:27   #24
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Fantastic pictures Samurai. Mood captured literally made me feel like being there.

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Old 11th September 2009, 09:36   #25
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Dear Sharat,

13th pic from top, mjothi looks tiny next to the Zuki, 17th pic your cousin makes the spidey look small. Camera effect again?

Amazing pics. More info about the single cabin pickup truck with the snorkel? Looks nice for a goods vehicle!!

In the same pickup pic, how did you all manage to kill the engine with the wipers in the same up position. nice

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In the same pickup pic, how did you all manage to kill the engine with the wipers in the same up position. nice
Hi Santosh good observation, its not done intentionally.
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13th pic from top, mjothi looks tiny next to the Zuki, 17th pic your cousin makes the spidey look small. Camera effect again?
Not really, it is the composition, the angle which I used to shoot. BTW, My cousin is indeed lot taller and bigger than mjothi. I was shooting while standing straight up, camera was in windshield level for the zuki. In the earlier picture, the camera is at sticker level. Further, if you see the 3rd people group shot where most are in a single line, my cousin is the tallest guy in the lineup.

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Amazing pics. More info about the single cabin pickup truck with the snorkel? Looks nice for a goods vehicle!!
It was a LWB vehicle and with a underslung spare wheel. That belonged to our marshal/guide Vikram Gowda.

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In the same pickup pic, how did you all manage to kill the engine with the wipers in the same up position. nice
That was a very careful manipulation.. wait, looks like viji spilled the beans.
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great photos sharat. I bet you people had good time. Next time I hope to be there with you along with my CJ340.
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Looks like you guys had a fun trip!

I just can not wait to get my own gypsy!
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That was a very careful manipulation.. wait, looks like viji spilled the beans.
thx to viji, i would have made a jack out of myself bcoz I would have bought into your 'manipul' theory...!!
Ps - its hard to believe you are still a novice when it comes to photography wrt to flash. One area left to learn eh?

Earlier posts spoke of CJ bouncing around due to low weight. What was the PSi you were on? May be reducing it to low 20's may have helped? I dont know, I am eager to learn.
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